Russell Crowe may have thought his feud with George Clooney was long buried, but Clooney decided to bring it up in a new interview. And, of course it wouldn’t be a Clooney interview without some deep sentiments about Brad Pitt.
George Clooney may be the definition of calm and suave, except when he is passionate about something. The actor supports many causes, which is when you normally see him out speaking his mind. But this time, the actor is sharing his opinions about a fellow actor — rekindling a very public feud with Russell Crowe.
Back in 2006, Crowe came out calling Clooney a sell-out, saying, “I don’t do ads for suits in Spain like George Clooney or cigarettes in Japan like [Harrison Ford]. I mean, Robert De Niro advertising American Express. Gee whiz, it’s not the first time he’s disappointed me.”
Clooney appears in the new issue of Esquire, and told the magazine how silly he felt the statement was, but why he felt he needed to respond.
“He picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all, ” Clooney told the magazine. “He put out this thing saying, ‘George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Robert De Niro are sellouts.’ And I put out a statement saying, ‘He’s probably right. And I’m glad he told us, ’cause Bob and Harrison and I were also thinking about starting a band, which would also fall under the heading of bad use of celebrity.’ And that’s when he really went off on me. ‘Who the f*** does this guy think he is? He’s a Frank Sinatra wannabe.’ He really went after me. And so I sent him a note going, ‘Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What the f*** is wrong with you?'”
Clooney said Crowe did apologize to him later, but he didn’t believe the actor’s sincerity.
“He was gonna see me at the Golden Globes ’cause he was nominated for Cinderella Man. So he sends me a disc of his music and a thing of his poetry,” he remembered. “I think he said, ‘I was all misquoted,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Whatever.’ I did take it with me to the BAFTAs, but I didn’t win. I might have used it if I had won. I was nominated for four!”
Clooney does like some fellow actors in Hollywood though, especially his BFF Brad Pitt.
He told the magazine he believes that Pitt is “bigger than me, bigger than DiCaprio. And I really admire how he deals with that. It’s not easy for him. But he tries to be the most honest version of Brad Pitt that he can be.
“He also remains unavailable. He’s still a giant movie star because you can’t get to him,” Clooney added. “That doesn’t mean that I don’t think of him as incredibly talented and smart and all those things. But you also can’t get to him.”